According to our dean of clinical education, the AOA has implemented a policy that 5-year residency programs who have not received pre-accreditation status from the ACGME are not allowed to invite students for interviews, presumably because those students would not finish residency before the 2020 deadline for achieving accreditation. (Not having received pre-accreditation essentially means they haven't applied for accreditation. At this point if they haven't applied yet, what's holding them back? Will they ever apply?). This policy has already affected at least one of my classmates who not only had spent the money in ERAS to apply there (now wasted and non-refundable), but was in the middle of an audition rotation at that program when they found out they would not be accepting students in this year's match. (Another of my classmates had an EM audition rotation canceled on him because the program was closing due to the merger, although that wouldn't fall under this policy [yet].) Now I'm wondering, is there a centralized way to find out which programs have/have not received pre-accreditation status? Or do we just have to call each program individually? Also, will this policy affect 4 year programs next year? And 3 year programs the year after that? (Because of the approaching 2020 deadline.) Does anybody have a good idea of how many DO programs will be closed because of accreditation issues? I'm speculating/hoping that those that are closing are for the most part closing because the paperwork involved with the new accreditation exceeds their personnel time, rather than because their caseload/teaching quality isn't good enough.